Melania Trump blames reporter for anti-Semitic harassment she received after interview
Melania Trump says “she provoked them” in response to the anti-Semitic harassment Julia Ioffe received from Trump fans following an interview for GQ.
Ioffe was targeted for Internet harassment after Donald Trump objected to her GQ profile of Melania, which revealed that she had a secret half-brother living in her home country of Slovenia. “What right does the reporter have to go and dig in court in Slovenia in 1960 about my parents?” Melania told Du Jour when asked about the abuse. “They’re private citizens. If they go after me, it’s different. But to do that, it’s a little bit nasty, it’s a little bit mean.”
That answer didn’t sit well with interviewer Mickey Rapkin. “So if people put a swastika on my face once this article comes out, will she denounce them?” he wondered, asking her the same.
“I don’t control my fans,” Melania responded, “but I don’t agree with what they’re doing. I understand what you mean, but there are people out there who maybe went too far. She provoked them.”